UW School of Dentistry

Dentistry tackles a job for Huskies: mouthguards

When UW opponents play what coaches like to call “smash-mouth football,” the Huskies will be ready, thanks to a little help from School of Dentistry faculty, students and staff.

Griffith Perry Mouthguards
UW Department of Pediatric Dentistry residents Dr. Matt Griffith and Dr. Melanie Perry make sure those Huskies’ bites will be well protected this fall.

Recently this summer, Department of Pediatric Dentistry residents took dental impressions for members of the Husky football team at the UW athletic department. The impressions were used to fabricate about 100 custom mouthguards at The Center for Pediatric Dentistry.

Dr. Nestor Cohenca, Professor of Endodontics and an adjunct professor at The Center, led the project. He and School of Dentistry lab technician Rich Lee, who worked on his own time, fabricated the mouthguards, as did Pediatric Dentistry residents. Dr. Cohenca delivered and customized them afterward. School staff also helped to organize the materials.

Dr. Cohenca extended his thanks to Dean Joel Berg, UW Director of Athletics Scott Woodward, Pediatrics Chair Dr. Rebecca Slayton, The Center’s Director of Clinic Operations Tiffany Benton, Pediatric Dentistry staff and residents, athletic department trainers and all others who supported the project.

“Our football athletes will be very well protected and perform at their best athletic capabilities,” Dr. Cohenca said in an email message. “We do it because we care and we love our work, our schools and our university. Simple as that.”